Millions of Brits prepare to pull sickies after the coldest night of autumn

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the most chilling November day in six years.

And around 22.6million workers will take six sickie days in the coming weeks as the big freeze continues, according to a study.

That will hit our economy for nearly £14billion.

The Met Office expects the cold weather to continue for at least another week, with heavy frost expected across the south of England and Wales.

Temperatures dipped to -9C in Sennybridge, Powys, today.

Spokesman Martin Tett said: “We have 1.2m tonnes of salt and state of the art gritters.”

But a study by tool company HSS Hire claimed that 70% of British workers will take a day off.

A spokesman said: “At this time of year the weather is our number one excuse for calling in sick or being late for work.”